Reckless Getaway

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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High-speed racer puts players on the wrong side of the law.

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Ease of Play

It is not difficult to succeed in this game, as the main objective of chasing the cops is a rather simple feat. The challenge comes in trying to rack up high scores or competing in extraneous challenges, which comprise tests of speed, agility, and reflexes that only the most veteran game players will be able to excel at.

Violence

Although humans are rarely shown in the entire course of this game, violence involving humans is a focal point of the experience. Players are on a getaway mission after robbing a bank, and not only is smashing into other drivers a necessary means to escape, it's also encouraged. Players earn point bonuses for such accomplishments as "Destruction!" or "Car Destroyed!" Police cars are treated as an especially favorable target. It should be noted that the destruction is depicted as small, cartoon cars with only the assumption that humans are inside -- they are never seen. The explosions and nonstop mayhem come across as ludicrous rather than especially jarring or violent, but there is no denying that the theme and goal of this game is about aggressive conduct.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while Reckless Getaway looks like a standard racing game at first glance, it is really more like a vehicular combat game. The underlying story is that players are in the role of a recent bank robber who must make his getaway as fast as possible. While the game itself functions as a sort of racing game (players have to dash away from the cops as quickly as possible), there is a nonstop sense of violence as players are encouraged to smash the innocent civilian cars throughout their conquest. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

RECKLESS GETAWAY appeals to the inner "bad guy" in players, letting them live vicariously on the wrong side of the law. Because it is stylized and detached from reality, the game does have a solid gameplay system, there are some cool jumps and tricks players can perform with their car, and there is a sense of thrill and energy while frantically driving through each course. Parents should definitely be aware of the messages presented in this game, but for players who are able to fully understand that this is just a game, it can be a fun and enjoyable ride.

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For kids who love racing games

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